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Performing arts academy comes to Ibiza

PQA Ibiza launching Saturday 22 October with open day

Ibiza is set to be home to a new branch of the weekend performing arts organisation created by British actor, Pauline Quirke. This Saturday 22 October 2016 the Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts (PQA) will open its doors to to the youth of Ibiza. With the launch, Ibiza's growing art and culture scene continues to rise.

The academy now has over 100 locations across the UK, teaching children aged 4 to 18 years old. PQA Ibiza is offering the same core activities of its UK counterparts of comedy and drama, musical theatre plus film and television. The new academy will give all classes in English and this weekend on its launch day will put on a free open day at the Palacio de Congresos de Ibiza between 9.45 h to 13.00 h.

Pauline is one of the UK's best known television actors and has appeared in Broadchurch, Real Women and David Copperfield, though is perhaps best known for her standout role in the comedy Birds of a Feather. She started PQA to help children enjoy performing arts and get them back to the basics of enjoyment rather than the pursuit of celebrity and fame.

All children attending classes will be taught a comprehensive range of competences and not just for performing arts, but also skills that are useful for everyday life. Students will take part in many in-house productions and showcases and also get their opportunity to see their names in light. All short film projects will be shown on the big screen of a local cinema and students get to walk the red-carpet just like Hollywood stars.

“When we opened our first academy in 2007 our mission was simply to provide the very best performing arts education. We've grown a lot since then, but that mission hasn't changed. By working with people we believe are outstanding in their field, we aim to bring the widest, most exciting experience to our students in an environment that is both friendly and rewarding,” said Pauline, commenting on the new Ibiza outpost of the academy.

Take your kids this Saturday to the PQA Ibiza open day and be part of Ibiza's cultural revolution!

WORDS | Julian Heathcote

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